Nobody else in the world seems to love cute animals as much as the people of Japan. In fact, cuteness — or kawaii — is actually a central cornerstone of the Japanese culture, and that is no more apparent than with one particular animal pair.
Fuku is an owlet who calls a coffee shop in Osaka home. Recently, he met a new friend and the bond they formed was one in a million. It’s no wonder this adorable relationship is drawing attention from people around the world. Just wait until you see them!
Hukulou Coffee Shop in Osaka, Japan, has an unusual—but beloved—patron: a teeny owlet named Fuku. Unfortunately, hanging around a coffee shop can get pretty lonely. So when Marimo the kitten wandered in, they immediately formed a bond like no other.
In the wild, owls and cats aren’t exactly known for getting along. However, these two seemed to be cut from the same cloth. Just look at the way they posed next to each other! They could be twins.
Some cats need time to adjust to new friends, but that wasn’t the case with Marimo. In just a matter of minutes, he was already glued to Fuku’s side—and the little owl didn’t seem to mind at all.
They learned from each other early on that they had nothing to fear. They weren’t afraid to get up close and cuddle; it was almost as if they realized that the other meant them no harm at all!
The staff at the cafe couldn’t believe their eyes when Marimo and Fuku started snuggling with each other! It was like they were long-lost siblings who had finally been reunited.
Can you imagine being wrapped up in an embrace like these two cuties? It was clear that Marimo and Fuku loved to snuggle from the very beginning of their friendship.
Ever since the two met, they have become completely inseparable. Even when they weren’t cuddling one another, they were often spotted sitting side by side and just taking in the sights around them!
Before Marimo showed up, Fuku had some other owl buddies. But he never had a best friend in his own species, let alone one of the feline variety. Meeting Marimo turned him into an entirely new owl!
Based on these pictures alone, it’s safe to say that the feeling was mutual. Have you ever seen a kitten with so much love to give? It’s like Marimo knew how much Fuku needed a true friend.
In fact, these two became so close to each other—literally—that when they curled up for a cuddle, it was actually be pretty difficult to tell where one of them ended and the other began! They were just a cute little ball of fur and feathers.
It was all in a day’s lounge! You’d think these two would get bored being in the same place all day, but as long as they were together, it was like they’d never run out of new ways to have fun.
Sometimes Fuku could be a little grumpy in the morning, while Marimo was pretty much the ultimate early bird. Still, Marimo knew how to give Fuku a little space in the early hours; he was a night owl, after all!
Fuku obviously couldn’t drink coffee to wake him up, but Marimo knew that once his owl buddy was up and at ’em, they’d go on their adventures once more. The kitty seemed perfectly content to wait for his friend to perk up!
It became clear that wherever these two went, they would always have each other. The bond that they shared was absolutely undeniable—and truly unique. Have you ever heard of an owl and a cat getting along so well like these two?
While other animals at the cafe have found forever homes, the owners of the cafe made it clear that these two weren’t going anywhere unless they were going there together.
These little guys made for the ultimate package deal. Whoever decided to adopt this dynamic duo would be providing a home for two very special fluff balls. They were incredibly well-behaved, so what was there to lose?
Why settle for adopting just one pet when you can have two who are so adorable and over the moon for one another? Cuddling was probably one of their favorite activities to do with each other.
Even as the two grew older, they continued to share their extra special bond. If you saw Marimo lounging on a sofa, it was a safe bet that Fuku was nearby keeping watch over his tiny bestie.
Meanwhile, living in the cafe was a real treat for them both, and it meant that they got the chance to enjoy desserts for special occasions. Just look at their super-festive holiday celebration!
It’s safe to say that Fuku the owl and Marimo the cat would be best friends forever… even if that meant hanging out in strange places like the bathroom sink. Owls apparently make good friends…
Poldi the owl also had a special friend. He didn’t hatch until six days after his other brothers and sisters. Being so late to hatch meant that Poldi missed the opportunity to bond with the other owls.
Luckily for Poldi, that didn’t happen, and it was all thanks to Ingo the Belgian shepherd! Their beautiful and highly unusual friendship has been captured on film by German photographer and animal lover Tanja Brandt.
Poldi—which is short for Napoleon—wasn’t just the last owlet of his clutch of eggs to be born; he was also the smallest. His size alone made him exceptionally vulnerable to predators. Because of this fact, Poldi would never be able to live free in the wild.
However, the one year old owlet didn’t seem to mind this fact in the least, and it was all due to his love for Ingo. Poldi might’ve been small and vulnerable, but his unlikely best friend came from a long line of fearsome police dogs!
Both animals are now Brandt’s pets, although at the beginning it was just her and Ingo. She and the dog would watch the owl’s nest in a tree by their house every day, and when it became clear that Poldi’s egg had been abandoned by his mother for failing to hatch, Brandt and Ingo took over.
Brandt said that the relationship between Ingo and Poldi was that of protector and his charge, but it also went deeper than that. Even though Ingo was much bigger than Poldi, they still spent their days snuggling, napping, and just generally enjoying each other’s company.
Because Poldi has known Ingo since birth, he had no reason to be afraid of the sweet, gentle giant. They spent their days exploring the acres of land on Brandt’s property. Sometimes, when Poldi got tired, he simply rested on Ingo’s head and let the dog do the walking for them both.
Brandt said that the duo was every bit as close as their portraits conveyed. These two didn’t need a lot of fancy toys to keep them happy! All they needed was the other’s company—and nothing could ever make them more content.
Because Brandt spent each and every day with the unlikely pair, she was able to capture all sorts of intimate photographs of the two—like this funny shot of the partners in crime begging for scraps from Brandt’s dinner plate!
Even when Ingo felt like roughhousing—as dogs tend to do—Poldi wasn’t scared off! Just check out this adorable image of the dog chomping down on some springtime blossoms while Poldi looked on with interest (and, yes, a little bit of confusion).
The relationship between these adorable creatures serves as an important reminder to everyone about the power of friendship. While they might’ve been very different, neither of them seemed to mind one bit. Instead, they focused on what united them.
Even snowy conditions couldn’t stop these two from enjoying each other’s company. It might’ve been a little cold outside, but Ingo was happy to use his thick fur coat to keep Poldi nice and warm, even when he was sitting on a pile of snow.
Don’t you wish that you could read their minds? It’s clear that these two spoke in their own special language, but what on Earth could they even have to talk about in the first place? Nests? Smells? Scheduling their next nap time?
While these two might have been born into different families and different species, it was clear that they considered themselves to be brothers. Their friendship wasn’t one-sided: Poldi felt protected around Ingo, and Ingo had a loyal companion to nuzzle and play with.
While Brandt’s posed portraits were certainly lovely, there was something even more charming about all of the quiet, candid moments she caught on film. Look at Ingo just lying back and relaxing with his owl friend!
While Poldi might still have been just a young owl, it was clear that he had an old soul. His friendship with Ingo was certainly one in a million. How lucky were they that they lived with a woman who was able to capture their feelings for each other so eloquently?
Because Poldi was so young—and because both of these animals lived under Brandt’s supervision—they would have plenty of time to savor being in each other’s company. Surely as time went by they would only learn to love each other even more.
It just goes to show you that you don’t need to have anything in common with someone to forge a bond that will pass the test of time. If you doubt it, just look at these two and be reminded of how love doesn’t see with anything other than the heart.